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2022-03-31 Print

Story of Chicago Historian and ComEd Lineworker Dilla Thomas Featured in World Premiere of His Short Documentary, “Chicago Legend”


Zpryme, ComEd and Salesforce team up for a live streamed world premiere this Thursday, March 31st, at 7:15 pm

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CHICAGO, IL, March 30th, 2022… Zpryme is thrilled to announce the premiere of “Chicago Legend,” a short documentary based on the life of Shermann ‘Dilla’ Thomas, a Chicago husband, father, urban historian and lineworker. Premiering digitally this Thursday at 7:15 pm CT, the film will have you traveling backward in time to present day Chicago.

Filmed in partnership with Salesforce, “Chicago Legend” highlights the work Dilla does in not just keeping Black history in Chicago alive, but in sharing it with the world via his Chicago Mahogany bus tours. It also looks into his career at ComEd, where his job as a lineman has taken him all over Chicago, enabling him to uncover some of the area’s hidden secrets in the very buildings he serviced.

The movie takes a deep look at the importance his job played in helping to not just raise his family, but also the ability to do the work to highlight all of the amazing hidden, and not so hidden gems, that Chicago has to offer visitors from all over the world.

“On behalf of team of 6,200 ComEd employees, I want to congratulate Dilla on the premiere of his documentary and thank him for sharing his story that is inspiring others to play a role in powering their communities for the future,” said Diana Sharpe, Vice President of Large Customer Services at ComEd. “Like ComEd, Dilla’s roots in Chicago go back over 100 years. His story is a testament to our shared commitment to service and providing clean and reliable energy service that millions of customers depend on every day in Chicago and across the region.”

Just like Dilla’s history lessons – Zpryme took great care to ensure an inclusive portrayal of local voices, it was up to Zpryme to bring it all together in a cohesive, concise documentary that caught the magic Dilla brings to Chicago.

“Once we met and talked to Dilla, the story came together on its own. He is a man that has a clear, strong vision and voice, and we were thrilled to be a part of this amazing team that is now going to share it with the world,” said Mark Ishac, Chief Creative Officer for Zpryme and the producer and director of “Chicago Legend.”

“Our city tends to get a bad rap due to massive violence and exaggerated headlines. I just want Chicago to go down in history for being more than that, but one of the greatest places on earth,” said Dilla.

“Chicago Legend” shows just how important storytellers like Dilla are in making sure that’s exactly how his beloved city will be remembered.

You can stream the premiere live this Thursday, March 31 at 7:15 pm by visiting Chicago Legend Live.

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